With everyone flocking to small SUVs, automakers are flooding the segment with their best effort to grab as much market share as they can. Today we're comparing two very good, yet very different, options if you're searching for a small SUV for you and/or your family!

The Volkswagen Tiguan is the practical choice if things such as cargo space, quality materials, and technology matter to you. For my full review on the Tiguan please visit this link:

The Mazda CX-5 is the bad boy of the segment. With the best looks and best handling dynamics, the Mazda is on the opposite end of the spectrum. My full review of the CX-5 goes in depth on what makes this the sexiest option in the segment:

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Comments

    • NJC DAILO
      NJC DAILO

      I’d say Tiguan all day.

      about 3 months ago
    • Old Timer
      Old Timer

      Thank you for the insightful review, At 6’1” which drivers seat and drivers leg room was the most comfortable?

      about 3 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Old Timer

      The Tiguan had more space for sure, but I had a much better time in the Mazda. It's just a nicer cabin

      about 3 months ago
    • THE BLUE SCREEN
      THE BLUE SCREEN

      3 for vw interior design and 9 for mazda design????????? The vw looks muccccchhhhh more better than tht mazda...nd dont talk so long which makes viewers skip parts...disappointed

      about 3 months ago
    • John P
      John P

      Was this a comparison or a Mazda commercial? Fanboy much?

      about 3 months ago
    • iFM
      iFM

      If price wasn’t a factor...
      How do you feel about the Tiguan R-line’s styling???? As it’s all just exterior cosmetic additions... does it score better???

      about 3 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to iFM

      Absolutely. The rline is actually pretty attractive. Love the wheels

      about 3 months ago
    • STEPHEN RAGSDALE
      STEPHEN RAGSDALE

      Too much talking, why not trim up the dialog and show a graphic with your ratings?

      about 3 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to STEPHEN RAGSDALE

      Not a bad idea, thanks for the suggestion!

      about 3 months ago
    • Ron Dail
      Ron Dail

      @Downshift, do you feel the same for the 2019 models?

      about 4 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Ron Dail

      Neither gets much of an update for 2019 so I'd say more than likely yes I'd feel the same

      about 4 months ago
    • Wally G.
      Wally G.

      Mazda is totally outdated. Yauk. Why would you compare the new VW Tiguan with that OLD ASS looking Mazda mundane all around. Do me A favor... DON’T compare any German vehicles to Japanese. Especially a Mazda. PLEASE!!

      about 4 months ago
    • SunnyDays
      SunnyDays In reply to Wally G.

      Oh c'mon Wally.

      about 3 months ago
    • Elefterios Koukoulis
      Elefterios Koukoulis

      Mazda interior look amatur with its after thought screen, vw has a beautiful interior that's neat and fully integrated

      about 4 months ago
    • John Lain
      John Lain In reply to Elefterios Koukoulis

      The CX-5's Grand Touring trim is far from being ametuer. Like this reviewer said, it's one of the best in this segment. People like what they like I guess.

      about 2 months ago
    • ChaiKnees Nollies
      ChaiKnees Nollies

      The interior of the tig is much better than a 3? Lol 😝

      about 4 months ago
    • ecmcomichael1
      ecmcomichael1

      We purchased our 2018 VW Tiguan S 4-Motion for $24K out the door in July. Love it! We have actually achieved 39 mpg on the highway in this vehicle, but more regularly about 34-35 mpg. Not bad for a vehicle that's only supposed to get 27 mpg based on EPA figures. We are very happy with our purchase!

      about 4 months ago
    • Shabrieyzs
      Shabrieyzs

      U are Racist to Japanese car

      about 5 months ago
    • NBCbannedME
      NBCbannedME In reply to Shabrieyzs

      LoL

      about 4 months ago
    • Fon Gomz
      Fon Gomz

      Burp coming at 5:10

      about 5 months ago
    • Rey D
      Rey D

      Mazda all the way! U can’t compare a Mazda to a turd VW

      about 5 months ago
    • SunnyDays
      SunnyDays In reply to Rey D

      I'm a 20 plus year VW driver and just bought a CX-5....only to try something new.
      Honestly, VW still ranks high but Mazda is a nice different compromise.

      about 3 months ago
    • Wally G.
      Wally G. In reply to Rey D

      Rey D You’re the only moron here. A.... hole!

      about 3 months ago
    • Rey D
      Rey D In reply to Rey D

      Wally G. Its very clear that u are a complete sub moron and a douche bag. Go play on the freeway blindfolded

      about 3 months ago
    • Wally G.
      Wally G. In reply to Rey D

      Rey D You are simply a VW HATER. Stick to whatever boring appliance you’re driving. Like #1 contender MAZDA. 🤣

      about 4 months ago
    • NBCbannedME
      NBCbannedME

      STOP clapping your damn hands.

      about 6 months ago
    • j ross
      j ross

      It’s simple. If you have no kids get a cx5, if you have a family get a Tiguan.

      about 6 months ago
    • Royalty T
      Royalty T

      Mazda is coming up big.I would love to see the mid cycle refresh of the tiguan with standard LED headlights. Great video

      about 6 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Royalty T

      Marcel Tansie thank you!

      about 6 months ago
    • craig breslow
      craig breslow

      dude everyone drives while reviewing cars. Take a lesson from REDLINE reviews. slow down, and relax.

      about 6 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to craig breslow

      craig breslow fair point. Sofyan has been at it for years and gets a week with each car though haha I've been at this for under a year and only get a few hours with the car. However you're right and all my other videos are filmed while I'm driving the cars. Thanks for watching and being constructive!

      about 6 months ago
    • AIB01
      AIB01

      "Small SUV shootout" and the Mazda gets marked down on being small compared to the Tiguan which for me isn't small?

      about 8 months ago
    • AIB01
      AIB01 In reply to AIB01

      Yep similar story here, they like to nose into everybody else's car which is hard to do when you're that low down.

      about 8 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to AIB01

      AIB01 hahaha no way! I drive the sportbrake this year and LOVED it but my lady hates wagons and said she'd leave me if I got one 🤣

      about 8 months ago
    • AIB01
      AIB01 In reply to AIB01

      This is my wife's choice too so perhaps it's a girls car? I was already for the XF Sportbrake but lets say there was a management decision made!

      about 8 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to AIB01

      hahah love your analogy! yeah it will be quite a bit different, but definitely a good option. I'm actually picking one up for my fiance next Thurdsday

      about 8 months ago
    • AIB01
      AIB01 In reply to AIB01

      I hope its good as I've just ordered one. I've had a Jaguar XE for 3 years now and while its great to drive its about as practical as an ashtray on a motorbike.  I'm hoping this will be a good bit easier to live with albeit I'll miss throwing the Jag about.

      about 8 months ago
    • Rey D
      Rey D

      I am a 5 time mazda buyer. Just got the 2018 mazda cx5 and dude maybe u need to rethink that door closing thing because mine closed and sounds solid when I close it and apple car is coming soon, its not the most important thing in the world, safety is..

      about 8 months ago
    • KapitalKTV
      KapitalKTV In reply to Rey D

      But apple car is safer to use when driving than the current infotainment system. Also its rated that great in crash test.

      about 7 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Rey D

      Rey D don't get me wrong it's still a great car and yeah I saw apple car play is coming but Mazda is going to make you pay for it I heard? I'm getting my fiance a cx5 next week so yeah I stand by it

      about 8 months ago
    • Blanka Jindrich
      Blanka Jindrich

      I dont think it is boring if you are looking to buy a car and need all the info you can get to help you decide.

      about 8 months ago
    • Mister Methuselah
      Mister Methuselah

      The Tiguan has already had 7 recalls. There are also some major flaws buyers are finding with its powertrain (dangerous hesitation issue), interior rattles (B-Pillar structural defect) and fire hazard for which there is no current fix. Fyi, the Atlas also isn't faring so well either. It also had 7 recalls, 2 very dangerous involving fuel leaks (VW/Audi/Lamborghini specialty) and leaking A/C causing airbag to unexpectedly deploy. Cost cutting has engineering consequences.

      https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?7075286-Tiguan-Hesitation-Issue#/topics/9237567?page=1

      Recalls:
      https://www.cars.com/recalls/volkswagen-tiguan-2018/

      about 8 months ago
    • Dan Peña
      Dan Peña In reply to Mister Methuselah

      7 recalls? Nope. 1 for a possible water leak when it rains through the firewall.

      about 16 days ago
    • Wally G.
      Wally G. In reply to Mister Methuselah

      Mister Methuselah I suggest you get your facts straight. Not all Tiguans or Atlas are recalled. And the numbers as compared to the vehicles rolling off are considerably low. BTW all new vehicles nowadays have recalls. So what? You’re a VW HATER. Stick to whatever crappy appliance you’re driving. Probably a boring Mazda or worse 😂

      about 4 months ago
    • Paul Zhao
      Paul Zhao

      A car review without any specifics on fuel efficiency? Also, pretty dry and boring talk for almost 20 minutes. Just something to consider if you wish to grow your audience base.

      about 8 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Paul Zhao

      Paul Zhao that's a valid point thanks for letting me know! I'll work on it moving forward

      about 8 months ago
    • #9 Dream
      #9 Dream

      You talk too much

      about 9 months ago
    • loglc
      loglc In reply to #9 Dream

      N clap too much

      about 9 months ago
    • Ofri Klein
      Ofri Klein

      Nice review! is this coming from Canada?

      about 10 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Ofri Klein

      Ofri Klein hahaha seriously?! 🤣 I've never gotten that one before

      about 10 months ago
    • Ofri Klein
      Ofri Klein In reply to Ofri Klein

      OK, I sensed an accent there... :)

      about 10 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Ofri Klein

      Ofri Klein Wisconsin! So close, but not quite

      about 10 months ago
    • Sandra Davis
      Sandra Davis

      Thanks.

      about 10 months ago
    • babi raj
      babi raj

      Why you not comparing 5 seater tiguan with cx5?

      about 10 months ago
    • Dmitry Adamenko
      Dmitry Adamenko

      Mazdas are terribly loud inside. I would have a headake driving it daily... Good mpg is the only pro in mazda.

      about 10 months ago
    • Wind Water
      Wind Water In reply to Dmitry Adamenko

      Dmitry Adamenko not the 2017 or 2018

      about 9 months ago
    • Takuan
      Takuan

      You don't test these cars head to head on the road? Makes Your 'review' useless for me. I just don't sit in my cars and twiddle with the buttons and read specs. Had enough after 6 minutes! Your private opinions on stationary cars bores me shitless.

      about 10 months ago
    • Takuan
      Takuan In reply to Takuan

      You can assume reluctantly whatever You like, I was missing a head to head driving review comparison, like many other reviewers do and not being redirected to some of Your previous concoctions. If You can't handle my perspective then go and get a hernia.

      about 10 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Takuan

      Takuan I'm going to reluctantly assume you're not entirely inept and you heard me say that you can watch my INDIVIDUAL reviews of BOTH of these vehicles in which I drive both of these. Before "contributing" to my community please be sure you have removed your head from your ass

      about 10 months ago
    • Ray of Sunshine
      Ray of Sunshine

      The way you said dangerous cracked me up 😂 Mazda all the way 👌🏼

      about 11 months ago
    • Ray of Sunshine
      Ray of Sunshine In reply to Ray of Sunshine

      Downshift MKE haha, you're welcome 😄 keep up the good work 😎

      about 11 months ago
    • Downshift
      Downshift In reply to Ray of Sunshine

      Rayyan Khaify hahaha thanks for watching! Glad to know someone likes a little personality with their videos 😂

      about 11 months ago